News entries for November, 2012

D800 compatibility problems caused by RF interference, says Eye-Fi


Makers of the Eye-Fi wireless memory cards this week released a fix to an issue that kept their cards from working fully with the Nikon D800 and D800E. The problem, according to an Eye-Fi representative, is caused by noise coming from inside the camera, specifically from the D800's unique new USB 3 connector. Posted on Monday, the update...

Budding photographer and full-time Duchess Kate Middleton posts her Borneo travel photos

 
 

In case you didn't know it, along with being the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is a budding photographer. Duchess Kate shot images during her and her husband Prince William's trip to Borneo earlier this year and just today had them posted on their official website.

Unfortunately, the royal website has...

New time-lapse video sheds light on D600 sensor dust problem, Nikon responds to IR’s query

 
 

A new time-lapse shot by Toronto-based artist and photographer Kyle Clements shows what appears to be dust accumulation on the full-frame sensor of Nikon's D600 24.3-megapixel digital SLR. Kyle shot a sequence of 1,000 photos of a white sheet of paper with his brand-new D600, without changing lenses in the process....

Samsung Galaxy Camera finally lands in our lab, first test shots posted

Among the many cameras announced this year, the Samsung Galaxy Camera stands out as genuinely different. We've been intrigued by the possibilities of a camera with a full-blown Android operating system and built-in cellular data connectivity ever since the Samsung Galaxy Camera was announced, and were keen to put one through our rigorous testing. When our review sample...

Bryce Bayer, Kodak scientist who created ubiquitous Bayer Filter for color digital imaging, has passed away

 
 

Bryce Bayer, the Eastman Kodak scientist who invented a now ubiquitous color filter for digital photography that bears his name, has passed away. Bayer, 83, died on November 13th in Bath, Maine.

Known as the Bayer Filter, Bayer's invention is still used in nearly every digital camera, video camera and camera...

Canon Pixma Pro firmware improves ink level detection


Are you using Canon's recently-released Pixma Pro-10 or Pro-100 inkjet printers, and having problems with your printer reporting its ink level incorrectly? New firmware for both printers released late last week will fix the problem, says Canon, but you may need to expend a little extra ink to find out if the update's necessary.

The...

Photographer Q&A: Justin Van Leeuwen’s “Extreme Families” photo sessions offer a wild take on group portraits

 
 

Ottawa, Canada-based photographer Justin Van Leeuwen (right) has found success with a unique type of group photography he calls Extreme Families photo sessions. The technique involves compositing family members together into unique scenarios designed to reflect their true personalities and identities. As you can...

Black Friday Camera Deals 2012

 
 

LAST UPDATED: Saturday, Nov. 24, 11:15 AM

Looking to replace your long-in-the-tooth digital camera with a new one? Getting a little holiday shopping done early, perhaps? The deal hunter's favorite day of the year -- Black Friday -- may have come and gone, but awesome camera deals aplenty are still to be had....

Lens Review: Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical

 
 

Our lens review today is our second Rokinon lens, the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical medium telephoto lens. Rokinon is also marketed under the Samyang, Bower, Pro Optic and Vivitar brands, so if you have been looking around in the 85mm range, you have probably seen and wondered about this lens, with its economical...

7 photos of vintage balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

 
 

The 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with be held this Thursday, Nov. 22, with millions of people lining the streets around Central Park in New York City (and tens of millions watching live on TV) to get a glimpse of the colorful gigantic balloons and floats.

While the balloons have changed over time...

‘Wide-Angle Macro’ puts a whole new perspective on close-up photography

 
 

The new e-book "Wide-Angle Macro: The Essential Guide" is dedicated, detailed and delightful -- a far cry from your typical "how-to" photography book. The book is focused, pardon the pun, on just one thing: wide-angle, close-up shooting. Filled with solid technical information and lots of large illustrative...

Clever and affordable FocusMaker aims to make manual-focus movies easier


If you've bought a new SLR or mirrorless camera in the last few years, chances are that you've got more than just a great still imaging tool on your hands. Most interchangeable-lens cameras sold recently are also capable of capturing video, and with their relatively large sensors, their output can be much more appealing than what you'd...

Wedding photographer’s hair catches on fire as bride walks the aisle (VIDEO)

 
 

In terms of wedding photographer disasters, this had the potential to be one of the worst yet. Wedding photographer Jacki Bruniquel was shooting a wedding in South Africa when, just as the bride was walking down the aisle with her father, Bruniquel's hair got too close to a candle and burst into flames.

It was...

Lytro adds more wow factor to its attention-grabbing light field camera


We've covered Lytro's unusual light field cameras quite a few times in the past, but we must admit we've found ourselves slightly ambivalent until now. Sure, the ability to refocus your images after capture is a pretty cool trick, but it comes accompanied by some pretty significant limitations. In an age of pocket-friendly cameras...

The Camera Bag: Rare Hasselblad NASA camera kit on sale for $51K+

 
 

If you're doing some early holiday shopping and have a ton of money to blow, you might want to consider this rare photography item: a "mint" condition Hasseblad camera kit made for NASA is on sale on eBay for US$51,300.

The kit consists of the Hasseblad MKWE camera with a CF Biogon T* 38mm, F/4.5 lens and A24...

Newly released footage shows terrifying train station flooding from Hurricane Sandy

 
 

In late October, we shared a horrifying frame grab (right) from a surveillance camera showing a PATH train station in Hoboken, N.J., deluged with water during the height of Hurricane Sandy.

Yesterday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey finally released the actual surveillance camera footage of that...

Nikon celebrates another milestone for the Nikkor lens brand


Employees at Nikon have reason to be proud today: they've just surpassed a pretty impressive milestone. Just over a half-century since the company debuted its Nikkor lens line for SLR cameras, it has announced the production of its 75 millionth Nikkor-branded lens.

What's particularly impressive is that the company only manufactured...

The Camera Bag: Shutter Hugger stuffed toy camera accessory for child photography

 
 
 
 

Anyone who's ever tried to photograph an easily distracted child knows how hard it can be to get them to look at the camera for a portrait. Here's an accessory that offers a solution to that problem: Shutter Hugger.

As you can tell by looking at the product...

Guess what we just unboxed? Sony RX1 hits the IR lab, first shots ready for pixel peeping!

 
 

It was a big day in the IR Lab: Our Sony RX1 review sample arrived! We managed to keep it from the clutches of the bevy of begging editors, and hustled it into the lab for a quick set of First Shots. 

You can see the first RX1 sample images from our lab here, and can compare the RX1's performance side by side...

Imaging companies join in with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts


The recent double-whammy of Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter that followed just days later has left parts of the northeastern United States reeling. More than 100 people have died, and entire communities were wiped from the map by the combination of powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge flooding, and fires that raged out of...